50 for 50 Guidelines

2015 is a benchmark year for ArtsWestchester: our 50th anniversary.  We are undertaking a number of initiatives to celebrate, including “50 for 50,” which shines the spotlight on some of the outstanding artists that make Westchester a creative, vibrant place to live and work.

We are seeking nominations from the cultural community—artists, staff and board members of cultural organizations, and those working in creative industries.  You do not have to be a Westchester resident to submit a nomination.

A panel will make the final selection of awardees.  Each of the 50 artists selected will receive an award of $1,000 and public recognition.   The selected artists may also be featured in a “Beyond NYC: Festival of New Work in Westchester” the signature program of ArtsWestchester’s anniversary year, which is scheduled for spring 2015.

Nominees may be emerging, mid-career, or artists who have reached a level of life-time achievement. All nominees must be active in their fields, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Eligibility for “50 for 50”

Eligibility is limited to artists:

  • who live or maintain a studio in Westchester ( have had a long residency in the county); or who have close and continuing affiliations with Westchester-based cultural organizations or educational institutions, as evidenced by frequent local exhibitions, commissions, or performances, or readings
  • who have produced a significant body of work (past three years)
  • have recently been recognized locally, regionally or nationally in one or more of the following ways: included in catalogues, major collections, gallery and museum exhibitions; work that has been published, recorded or performed; work that has been reviewed in  significant national or regional discipline-based journals, magazines, newspapers

Working artists in any discipline are eligible, including:

  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Film / Video
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts


The Selection Process

  • ArtsWestchester accepts nominations from the cultural community in Westchester and beyond. Self nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominators may nominate more than one artist for recognition
  • ArtsWestchester’s staff reviews nominations and contacts eligible nominees directly to request work samples and other support materials
  • An artist needs only one nomination to be considered
  • An independent jury will select awardees
  • ArtsWestchester will announce awards in early 2015

Nomination Deadline: EXTENDED to 10/31/2014

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